2002 – Spring ’23 Class Letter

Dear Class of 2002,

I hope this message finds you doing well and enjoying the arrival of spring. Our class has been up to some exciting things lately and we wanted to share some updates with you. But before that, we are eager to know what’s new with you! Whether it’s a recent accomplishment or just something that made you smile, we would love to hear about it. If you need some inspiration we are always on the lookout for book and streaming recommendations. You can send an email to our Class Agents at [email protected].

Alumni Weekend 2023 will take place June 22-25, 2023. There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (Book here) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (Call 920.748.5500). There will also be rooms available on campus in TriDorms and Bovay Hall. Registration is now available here!

Here are some updates from our class:

LIZ WEBB BEELES ‘02 shares: “In early 2022, my husband and I spent two weeks in Costa Rica and absolutely loved it. We have traveled together to many warm locations looking for places where we might like to eventually spend our winters and this was the first time it felt like the right fit. Now we’re back in Costa Rica for two months scouting locations and testing out conditions for remote work (which is going quite well!).

After nine years in public affairs with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, I started a new position in September as a brand manager and graphic designer with the established non-profit, TechnoServe. Not only has this allowed me to work remotely from anywhere, but more importantly it gives me the chance to support opportunities for people living in poverty to have a better life. I am happy to be meeting so many incredible people doing tremendous work all over the world and am learning something new every day.

If that wasn’t enough change, we also sold our home in Salem in late 2022 and moved to our beach house in a small town on the Oregon coast. We have several big home projects in our future, but are looking forward to settling into full-time beach life. The move meant saying goodbye to my dragon boat team of seven years, which means I’ll be seeking out other paddling sports, such as kayaking, to enjoy this summer. If you’re going to be in the Pacific Northwest, please reach out, I’d love to catch up!”

JESSICA ROSEN LIVELY ‘02 was promoted in November 2022 to Director, Brokerage & Advisory Advertising Compliance at Lincoln Financial Advisors.

EMMYLOU HOEFT WILSON ‘02 shares: “I have been an Optometrist in the State of Wisconsin for 15 years now after working for twqo years in the Chicago area after graduation. I have also volunteered in my community with the Lion’s Club of Fitchburg, the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin transporting donated corneal tissue (please check the box on your license to be an organ donor!), and performing free eye exams in my clinic for underprivileged members of the community through the Lion’s Club and UW-Extension-Dane County Centro Hispano. I have also volunteered outside my community on international health care missions traveling to underserved populations around the world to perform eye exams for those without access to healthcare and glasses.

In 2019, I was appointed by the Office of the Governor and confirmed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services to the State of Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board which regulates licensure of optometrists throughout the state. In 2022 I was voted into the position of Vice Chairperson by my peers.

In my free time, I love to travel and spend time with my husband of 15 years, Tim, and dog of 13 years, Penny.”

As for me, CORRYN, I will be stepping down from my role as Class Agent. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve in this capacity, and I will always cherish the memories and connections that I have made during my time in this role.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have shared your updates and supported our reunion party planning over the years. Thanks for keeping in touch.

As I pass the baton to a new group of Class Agents, I look forward to staying in touch and hearing about all the exciting things that are happening in your lives. Please stay tuned for updates from your new Class Agents.


Corryn ‘02

P.S. There will be a special giving event in conjunction with inauguration weekend, April 20-23, to celebrate Ripon’s 14th President, Victoria N. Folse, and the exciting momentum happening within our campus community. This event will be an extension of the #OneDayRally brand and experience. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to your participation!